This year, South Korea has finally lifted its coronavirus restrictions. Although this may worry Koreans, it also means that audiences can now attend in-person (live) to support performers in various entertainment shows. On music shows, audiences are important because they bring energy to participants by way of cheering. Music shows regularly showcase performances of the artists’ main releases (A-sides) and other releases including those taken from their own albums (B-sides).
Three public Korean TV channels (KBS, MBC, SBS) host weekly music shows: Music Bank, Show! Music Core and Inkigayo. Performers who usually come to these shows promote their title tracks. But they can also perform their B-sides and offer more content, especially for their fans.
Data for B-sides on music shows
We list 36 B-sides that were performed. We exclude pre-release singles and releases inserted into albums because they do not qualify as “B-sides”.
In the ‘Key’ column, the values link to clips from individual shows, where:
- 1 – Music Bank
- 2 – Show! Music Core
- 3 – Inkigayo
Notable B-sides on music shows (1H)
We name performers who promoted an album track on all three broadcasts for any one week.
NCT Dream – Arcade
NCT Dream released their second full-length album Glitch Mode on March 28, 2022. Arcade was promoted alongside title track Glitch Mode for the first week of music show promotions.
Purple Kiss – Pretty Psycho
Purple Kiss released their third mini album memeM on March 29, 2022. After promotions for memeM ended, RBW announced that they would promote Pretty Psycho on music shows for two weeks. As such, they performed Pretty Psycho a total of six times on KBS, MBC and SBS.
ASTRO – Like Stars
ASTRO released their third full-length album Drive to the Starry Road on May 16, 2022. They promoted Like Stars alongside their title track Candy Sugar Pop in the first week of music show promotions with five members.
ONEUS – Skydivin’
ONEUS released their seventh mini album TRICKSTER on May 17, 2022. After three weeks of promotions for Bring it on, RBW announced that ONEUS would promote Skydivin‘ instead for one more week on music shows.
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